New bishop of the Diocese of Madison installed

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Diocese of Madison officially installed a new bishop Tuesday morning.

Bishop Donald Hying was installed as the fifth bishop to lead the diocese. Hying is a Wisconsin native, born in West Allis. He also served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Hying comes to Madison after serving as the Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana for four years.

"There'll be some new energy that comes to the diocese. I know Bishop Hying is really looking forward to getting out to all the parishes, not just for big official events like confirmations, but even parish picnics, parish festivals, summer festivals," said Deacon Jim Hoegemeier.

He succeeds Bishop Robert Morlino who passed away in November 2018 after leading the Madison Diocese for 15 years.

"Since Bishop Morlino passd away just before Thanksgiving, there's been a sense of not being complete. We're almost like a flock of sheep without a shepherd. We stuck together in these few months but now God has given us a new shepherd," Hogemeier said.